AMS Salutes America's Finest on Military Appreciation Night
Sponsored by Atreus Homes

Atlanta Motor Speedway's summer racing series, Thursday Thunder, returns to AMS' quarter-mile frontstretch "Thunder Ring" on June 19 for round three of the 10-week racing series that runs through August 7. 

Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Atreus Homes will feature the Amazing Afghan Al-Qaeda Obliteration van drop from 125 feet, Thunder Roadsters racing on the 1.54-mile quad-oval for the first time during Thursday Thunder, a Greencastle Dental Bandits driver-autograph session, the first Speedway Challenge Cup race, as well as weekly concourse activities, grandstand games and on-track racing action.

Military Appreciation Night at AMS Celebrates America's Heroes as Part of Week Three of Thursday Thunder Competition:    

Atlanta Motor Speedway's third week of Thursday Thunder racing will acknowledge current and retired military personnel with free admission with a valid military I.D. In addition, a camouflage-painted, fan-signed tour van will be dropped from a height of 125 feet as part of the Amazing Afghan Al-Qaeda Obliteration. 

Thunder Roadsters to Race 1.54-Mile Quad-Oval Track for First Time during Thursday Thunder:           

Never before have Thursday Thunder competitors raced on Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54-mile quad oval track and week three's competition will feature the inaugural Speedway Challenge competition. For the first time ever, the Thunder Roadsters will compete in a 10-lap feature totaling more than 15 miles on AMS' track.

"We saw this as an opportunity to provide some exciting racing and enhance the Thursday Thunder series," said Brandon Hutchinson, Atlanta Motor Speedway vice president of events. "Additionally, this will give the Thunder Roadsters competitors a chance to gain experience on a bigger track. This race will be packed with excitement from start to finish and, for fans, this will be one of the most exciting races of the summer."

Inaugural Speedway Challenge Cup Competition Slated for Week Three:

 AMS' Speedway Challenge Cup will commence this week as competitors contend for Speedway Challenge Cup points in the first of three races.  Competitors in each Thursday Thunder class will earn points towards the Speedway Challenge Cup Championships this week, July 10 and July 31. At the end of the three race dates, the competitor in each class with the most Speedway Challenge Cup points will win special-series Championship.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Awards:

Atlanta Motor Speedway will present two awards each week for the 2008 Thursday Thunder season. The "Smooth Move of the Night" award is given to the driver who completes the smoothest move on the race track. The driver who has the best looking car each week is presented with the "Top Dog" award. Winners are determined by a vote of select AMS staff members.

New for 2008, Atlanta Motor Speedway has implemented the "Promoters Choice" race. Each week eight drivers who have not won a feature race or heat race are selected to race in a trophy dash.

Week Two winners:

Top Dog: John Holleman garnered the week two "Top Dog" award by vote of AMS staff for his No. 4 Bandit vehicle. Holleman's Bandit featured a white, blue and silver body accented by pink numbers.

Smooth Move: Saving his ride en route to the week two "Smooth Move" award, two-time podium finisher Brady Boswell saved his No. 2 Bandit ride with an excellent reaction to avoid a spinning competitor. 

Promoters Choice Winners: Bandoleros: Kason Plott. Legends: Mitch Cobb.

Featuring a full slate of competitive racing, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-11 (children under 6 are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.